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Offline tdg455

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Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« on: July 03, 2020, 02:13:09 PM »
Hello,
 
I’m not sure if I’m posting this in the right spot but anyway I have some old DAT decks that haven’t worked in years, a Tascam DA 302 dual dat and a Panasonic SV-3800.
I wanted to sell them and was surprised to see non working decks like my Tascam going for $200 on eBay.
I’m just wondering if people are still recording in this format or is this fueled by nostalgia for old formats?

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2020, 02:19:33 PM »
My guess would be to transfer old tapes. I have a good chunk of tapes to transfer and my DA-P1 needs some repairs, but I'm having a hard time justifying paying to fix it or paying the prices for working unit. Since these are not made any more a working unit is more valuable to someone in need.

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2020, 04:30:28 PM »
I sold my old non-working SONY D3 portable DAT recorder on Ebay a couple years ago and was shocked at how quick it was snatched up. The buyer was from the Philippines.

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2020, 04:31:01 PM »
Also a parts machine . A few yrs ago i bought a hhb pdr 1000  so i'd have a machine for parts in the event one broke paid 150.00 and both still work . A couple dozen dats left to transfer and then? Never know though might run into a batch of dats  and need one . Actually the hhb was a top of the line portable back in the day and made fine tapes.

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2020, 06:33:22 PM »
Yeah I’m sure there are plenty of dats still not transferred, I have plenty. I have a Sony ZA5ES that is still working.
The dual dat is what puzzles me.

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2020, 03:03:43 PM »
I'm transferring all my old DATs in order to discard them, and am glad that I had more than one player on hand. Of the two that I assumed would be the most reliable, one (a Sony DTC-75ES -- a full-sized "desktop" unit) crapped out entirely (wouldn't load tapes), while the other one (a Sony TCD-D10 Pro, which cost $2800 in its day if I recall correctly) clearly produces more audible errors than the less imposing, small portables. (That recorder is basically one long story of continuing disappointment.)

If none of these had worked, I would definitely have gone looking for the quickest possible replacement.
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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2020, 07:22:02 PM »
I just bought a fostex PD4 from Doug In Seattle, a really nice forum member. I still have lots of transfers to do, the Fostex is prob. the most reliable deck I've used in a while. Between Melanie's DATs and mine it will take a while, I have two other decks I will prob. get fixed,  two tascams. Once they are transferred I'll prob. sell all but one Bob

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #7 on: July 08, 2020, 02:32:31 AM »
For DAT Transcriptions.  Nah, I sure wouldn't want to record on this format anymore. 

The DATs are a mess (tape flips) and they are unstable when stored for long periods of time. 
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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2020, 10:09:38 AM »
I have one more dat tape to transfer and then I'm very willing to sell my sony D8

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2020, 10:23:20 AM »
My Sony DTC-ZE700 has developed a problem and no longer will load tapes. I still have a Denon DTR-80P and a Sony D7 which were both tuned up by Paul @ Pro Digital with basically 0 hours on them since being serviced. I guess the Denon is coming out of retirement for transfers.  I still have a bunch of stuff to transfer.
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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2020, 12:32:42 AM »
A buddy mentioned to me the other day that Paul passed away recently; anyone have other recommendations for trustworthy DAT repair service?
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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2020, 11:51:41 AM »
A buddy mentioned to me the other day that Paul passed away recently; anyone have other recommendations for trustworthy DAT repair service?

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Re: Who is buying DAT decks and why?
« Reply #12 on: August 01, 2020, 07:40:17 AM »
Actually the hhb was a top of the line portable back in the day and made fine tapes.

That's the last functioning DAT machine I have left.  I think I have some others in the garage somewhere - maybe I should sell them.  I have hundreds of DAT tapes of classical concerts I was paid to record, but the chances of anyone now wanting a copy of them is close to zero (and having moved internationally I doubt whether the clients now know where I am). 

But I have a memory of the one time I re-used a reel of olde worlde tape, when I realised just before heading off to a recording that I didn't actually have any new ones in stock.  Having thus wiped it, the musician involved in the wiped recording from several years before requested a copy a few days later... I forget what lie I told him... since when I have kept every reel of tape, every DAT tape, every minidisc, and every hard drive, and probably would even if I transferred the original material to a newer format.  I suspect they will be buried with me when the time comes.

 

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